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If You Grew Up In Winnipeg in the 1960's......

Old Fat Pilot,

If you grew up In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the 1960's there was a sharp divide between the South End of town, and the infamous North End. And there were two high schools that represented each part of town, and there were two bands that played at the high school and community club dances. In the South End of town, there was Kelvin High School, and the famous band was Neil Young, and the Squires. And in the North End, it was Chad Allan and the Expressions. Joining them after some time was Burton Cummings, from the Devrons, and they became The Guess Who. And it all seemed to start with Shakin All Over. In retrospect, it was the best of times. You could drop into the Fourth Dimension coffee house and see people like Gordon Lightfoot playing, or you could sneak into the jazz clubs underage and see Lenny Breau do his wizardry on guitar, but nobody cranked it out quite like Chad Allan, the Devrons, and Neil Young. It was a glorious time to be a teenager. And if my memory serves me wrong, and it could because it WAS the sixties, or if I've got some of my facts not quite straight, well then first my apologies in advance, but I'll never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Check this music out, and begin to understand. You'll not regret it. Jeremy Wilson (Kelvin, 1967)

Till We Kissed

lissaline,

the song 'Till We Kissed' is the 'B' side to the 45 'Shakin' All Over'. it is the best song ever released by the Guess Who. Why couldn't they record more songs like that? They ruined themselves like the Bee Gees did with disco.

About The Guess Who

While the Guess Who did have several hits in America, they were superstars in their home country of Canada during the 1960s and early '70s. The band grew out of vocalist/guitarist Chad Allan (born Allan Kobel) and guitarist Randy Bachman's Winnipeg-based group Chad Allan and the Expressions, originally known as first the Silvertones and then the Reflections. The remainder of the lineup featured bassist Jim Kale, pianist Bob Ashley, and drummer Garry Peterson. The Expressions recorded a cover of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Shakin' All Over" in 1965, which became a surprise hit in Canada and reached the U.S. Top 40. When the Expressions recorded an entire album of the same name, its record company, Quality, listed their name as "Guess Who?" on the jacket, hoping to fool record buyers into thinking that the British Invasion-influenced music was actually by a more famous group in disguise. Ashley had been replaced by keyboardist/vocalist Burton Cummings, who became lead vocalist when Allan departed in 1966. The Guess Who embarked on an unsuccessful tour of England and returned home to record commercials and appear on the television program Let's Go, hosted by Chad Allan. However, further American success eluded the Guess Who until the 1969 Top Ten hit "These Eyes"; the recording session for the accompanying album, Wheatfield Soul, was paid for by producer Jack Richardson, who mortgaged his house to do so. Canned Wheat Packed by the Guess Who produced three Top 40 singles later that year. In 1970, the Guess Who released the cuttingly sarcastic riff-rocker "American Woman," which, given its anti-American putdowns, ironically became their only U.S. chart-topper. The album of the same name became their first U.S. Top Ten and first gold album, and the group performed for President and Mrs. Nixon and Prince Charles at the White House. (Pat Nixon requested that "American Woman" be dropped from the set list.) Trouble was brewing on the horizon, though. Guitarist Bachman, having recently converted to Mormonism, took issue with the band's typical rock & roll lifestyle, leading to clashes with Cummings. Finding the atmosphere unbearable, Bachman left the group in July 1970 and formed Brave Belt with Chad Allan, which later evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive. His place in the Guess Who was taken by Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw, and the title track from their next album, "Share the Land," climbed into the Top Ten later that year, and several more singles charted afterwards. The group returned to the Top Ten one last time in 1974 with the novelty single "Clap for the Wolfman," featuring dialogue by deejay Wolfman Jack. Burdened by shifting personnel and loss of direction, Cummings broke up the band in 1975 and tried a solo career. The lineup from the Guess Who's glory years reunited in 1983, and a version of the group with constantly shifting musicians (occasionally original members) continues to tour. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1963

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